Fishing boat runs aground in Dumfries and Galloway

Five men had to be rescued after a fishing boat ran aground near Kirkcudbright. The stranded commercial vessel hit land within metres of the town’s lifeboat station during the night. The Irish registered scallop dredger was taking on water after hitting the rocks and had sent a distress signal around 1am. A Marine and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: “Just after 1am today (31 March) UK Coastguard received a VHF radio call from a fishing vessel reporting they were taking on water at Kirkcudbright Bay. “The vessel with five persons on board had run aground close to the Kirkcudbright Lifeboat Station and hit rocks before it started taking on water. More images, read the rest here 09:17